Oberon wrote:Looks like [Olive] was pretty busy, what with all that traveling around and conquering so many hundreds of cities. And yet she still somehow managed to find the time to read Banhammer's book and gain very particularly advantageous intelligence from it. And Charlie sits in his tower during that entire time, with easy access to his own library.
So much for the limitation of time...
Sorry good sir but the devil is in the details. Olive had the good tactical sense to read a book authored by the Ruler of the side she had just ended - knowing she might need to manipulate him in the future - when she was in the capital of said side so the book was being handed to her on a silver platter. It's a clearly worthwhile investment of time, one which was staring her right in the face. It's hardly steady basis for arguing she had tons of free time.
Charlie on the other hand lacks those cues. With access to every single book, there would be no obvious "hey read me first" volume like there was in FAQ's library.
And finally, frankly I don't even really CARE about Olive. The subject of discussion is Charlie, and there was at least one occasion (IIRC 2 or more in fact) where Charlie was explicitly stated or implied to be busy. With the ability to hear every single request for his attention anywhere in Erfworld, and the need to juggle his various ventures in said locations, his schedule is a great deal more demanding than Olive's, with every single second accounted for and precious. Just because he never goes anywhere does not mean he's not doing anything, as we clearly see. Olive on the other hand could have had ample free time (comparatively speaking) while traveling between destinations because Movement takes time.